Welcome. Use this guide to begin your research and find relevant sources.
You can also consult Martha Attridge Bufton, your subject specialist. Martha can help you find the research materials you need to complete your assignments and papers.
Meet Martha Attridge Bufton in the following video.
Pick a research topic
- Read your syllabus (assignment instructions).
- Pick a topic that interests you and meets the assignment instructions.
- Narrow or broaden the scope of your topic so that it is "doable."
- What's scope? Scope refers to the "people, places and things" or "who, what, when and where" that you are studying. For example, Canada or another country? Children or adults? Education or child protection services?
Identify key concepts
Use this worksheet to write out your research topic and identify key ideas.
Do an initial search for academic sources
- Here are some videos to help you pick the right search engines and sources for your assignment.
- Use the CRAP test to evalute the quality of online sources.
Popular versus academic sources (what's the difference?) and the peer review process
Searching tips: Truncation and phrase searching
Find peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics
- Use the Canadian Studies Quick Guide for a list of the top five (5) databases.
These databases have significant Canadian content:
- America History and Life contains citations and abstracts to articles from journals in all areas of Canadian and U.S. history
- Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA).
- Plus, Canadian Newsstand Complete indexes newspapers from across the country.
- Consult the Centre for the North for other research publications.
Databases for heritage conservation
- Art & Architecture Complete
- Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
- EI Enginneering
- Scopus (for the use of technology in heritage conservation)
Open access journals
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Open access at Carleton
Heritage conservation archival publications
- Heritage Ottawa Newsletters (1974-2013)
- ICOMOS Canada Past Publications (1975-2008)
- Ontario Heritage Trust Heritage Matters (Past issues 2005-date)
Recommended peer-review journals in our library collection
- American Review of Canadian Studies
- British Journal of Canadian Studies
- Canadian Ethnic Studies
- Canadian Historical Review
- Canadian Journal of Communication
- Canadian Journal of Native Studies
- Canadian Journal of Political Science
- Canadian Journal of Sociology
- Globe: revue internationale d'etudes quebecoises
- History and Memory
- International Journal of Canadian Studies
- Journal of Canadian Studies
- Journal of the Canadian Historical Association
- Labour/Le Travail
- Revista Mexicana de Estudios Canadienses (Mexican Journal of Canadian Studies)
- Social History
- Southern Journal of Canadian Studies
- Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies
Some publications are available either only in print or online. Others are available in both formats. Check Ulrich'sWeb for more information about individual journals.
Here is a small sample of some library books related to Canadian studies:
- Child poverty in Canada
- Climate change in Canada
- Economic rights in Canada and the United States
- Group politics and social movements in Canada
- Women and electoral politics in Canada
Dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks are a good place to find short definitions and introductions to key concepts.
- The Canadian Oxford Dictionary
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- Les Dictionnaires de la langue Française au Québec: de la Nouvelle-
France à Aujourd'hui
- The Canadian Encyclopedia: Year 2000 Edition
- Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples
- International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Canada: a reader's guide
- Cultural theory: the key concepts
- Handbook of Canadian Foreign Policy
- Historic preservation handbook
- The Language of Canadian Politics: A Guide to important Terms and Concepts
Use your library account to save searches
- Save your favorite searches for easy reference so that you can run these searches on demand.
- Receive email search alerts when material has been added to the collection matching your preferred searches.
- Log into your library account and search the catalogue. Click on the Save Search option to save a search.
- Return to your account.
- Click on the Saved Searches button to view your preferred search list. If no Saved Searches button displays, you have not yet saved any searches.
- To receive alerts when new material arrives, click on Mark for Email.
- To run the search on demand, use the link in the Search column.
- To remove searches from your list, use the boxes in the Mark to Remove column , and then click on "update list."
Find government policies
- Find government information online using the library's customized Google search.
- Canadian Heritage. Click on "Cultural diversity and rights" in the left-hand menu, then "Human Rights" and then "Canada's Reports to the UN" (middle section of the page) for reports that detail government policies and activities (federal and provincial) related to a number of important international treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
- Employment and Social Development Canada. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "publications and resources" for audits, evaluations and other departmental reports.
- Office of the Auditor General of Canada. The OAG publishes reports that evaluation government policies and programs.
- Library of Parliament of Canada. The library produces publications on policy issues.
- Search the Canadian Government Policy Cycle subject guide.
- Search both the Canadian Research Index and the Canadian Public Policy Collection (specialized databases).
- Search our catalogue: Do a keyword search and choose "government documents" for the location of the materials.
A short list of Canadian federal departments and agencies
- Canada Mortage and Housing Corporation
- Canadian Human Rights Commission
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- Correctional Service of Canada
- Department of Canadian Heritage
- Department of Finance (includes Canadian government budgets)
- Department of Justice
- Employment and Social Development Canada
- Environment Canada
- Government of Canada
- Health Canada
- Health Canada National Anti-Drug Strategy
- Health Canada Seniors
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- Parliament of Canada
- Justice Laws (consolidated statutes)
Other federal and provincial legislation
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Canadian Human Rights Act
- Constitution of 1867
- Criminal Code
- Ontario E-Laws
- Quebec Laws & Regulations
- Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII): for all provinces
- Aboriginal Peoples Survey (Statistics Canada)
- Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure Initiative (ODESI)
Find data at the Carleton University library's Data Centre.
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Statistics and Data
- Census information
- Community Information Database (based on census data, provides socioeconomic and demographic data and information for all Canadian communities)
- Justice statistics Beyond 2020 tables
- Statistics Canada
- Statistics Canada Health Indicators
- Alberta Official Statistics
- British Columbia Statistics (BCStats)
- Institute de la statistique du Québec
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency
- Northwest Territories Bureau of Statistics
- Nunavut Bureau of Statistics
- Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics
- Yukon Bureau of Statistics